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Sugarloaf Snowmakers fire up 115 snowguns

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - With temperatures dropping into the teens and low-twenties yesterday, Sugarloaf's snowmakers took the opportunity to fire up as many as 115 snowguns on the Hayburner, Candyside, and Tote Road trails. Snowmaking operations are expected to continue through Sunday, while favorable temperatures persist, moving equipment to the King's Landing and Tote Road trails today. 

Despite the recent above-normal temperatures, Sugarloaf's snowmakers have been able to capitalize on the colder overnight periods to maintain and expand the resort's open terrain. Since snowmaking began in November, there have only been two weeks all season that haven't seen any snowmaking operations.

To date, the resort has logged more than 1200 snowmaking hours-in an average season, that number typically ranges between 750-800 hours.

"This has been one of the more challenging winters that we've seen in quite a few years," said Karl Strand, Sugarloaf's General Manager. "Despite the unseasonably warm weather, we have no intention of calling it quits any time soon. We fully intend to be skiing deep into the spring, and are doing everything possible to ensure that happens."

Spring skiing, which is a Sugarloaf specialty, typically extends through the first week of May. With a well-established base on 65 currently open trails, the resort expects to be open through the end of April, and beyond. 

The resort's wildly popular Bud Light Reggae Festival will return for its 28th year, April 14-17. Maryland-based punk-rock reggae band Ballyhoo! is slated to headline the four-day festival with support from 8 different bands including the widely-hailed New York-based reggae band New Kingston. Ski & Stay Packages as well as Good Vibes Passes for concert access, are available online; visit www.sugarloaf.com/reggae for details. 

For more information on Sugarloaf, trail conditions, or upcoming events, please visit www.sugarloaf.com


Media Contact: Noelle Tuttle | Sugarloaf Communications Manager | ntuttle@sugarloaf.com | 207.237.6989


About Sugarloaf- Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, and the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine